Fleetwood Town’s pursuit of Southend defender Ryan Cresswell shows no signs of coming to a successful conclusion.
Town chairman Andy Pilley tabled a second, improved offer for the 25-year-old over the weekend but this too has now been rejected.
It is believed that despite add-ons meaning the fee would eventually top £100,000, Town’s League Two rivals are looking for a larger guaranteed figure up front.
The former Bury man played 54 times in his debut season for the Shrimpers and has told his manager Phil Brown he wants to move back north.
But the Southend boss is keen to persuade him to stay. “I’m hoping it’s not the end of his Southend career,” Brown said.
“I’ve got to sit down with him and his advisers and try to convince him to give us another year.
“He put the call into me at the end of the season, which was disappointing because Ryan’s had one year at Southend and showed everyone what a good player he is.
“And that was in the face of him not being settled.”
“So if we can him get him settled there may be another 25 per cent to 50 per cent to give.
“He was a big asset to us last year. A manager never wants to lose his better players and last year Ryan was one of our better players.”
Cresswell is a popular figure at Roots Hall, having scored eight goals last season and finishing runner-up in their player of the year poll.
He has a year left on his current deal and it’s unknown whether Fleetwood will make a third offer.
Danny Rose has left Highbury by mutual consent.
The 25-year-old spent much of last season on loan at Aldershot after joining from Newport County in December 2011. He managed only 10 senior appearances for the club and was recently placed on the transfer list.